Pyralidae : Galleriinae
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Achroia grisella
Lesser Wax Moth

(Fabricius, 1794)62.005/1426
Norfolk status
Locally uncommon in Norfolk, although can often be found wherever old bee-hives occur.
Considered a pest by most bee-keepers, improvements in bee-keeping practices keep numbers down.

Note characteristic yellow head.

The larvae feed on the wax of old honeycombs and are also known to feed on dried fruit and dead insects.

Recent records at Filby (D. Hipperson 2006), Salhouse (J. Clifton, 2009), Blackborough (R. Edmunds, 2010,2011) Downham (R. Edmunds, 2011), Upwell (J. Wheeler, 2011).

Recorded in 30 (43%) of 69 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1884.
Last Recorded in 2018.
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
15/09/2018127TG10 - Wymondham/Cringleford
10/09/2018127TG10 - Wymondham/Cringleford
27/08/2018127TG23 - N.Walsham/Roughton
22/08/2018127TG23 - N.Walsham/Roughton
19/08/2018127TG20 - Norwich
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Wingspan: 16-24mm
Season: July - Oct
Foodplant:   Old Honeycomb from Bee-hives
Nat Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
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